The Insider’s Burgundy: Sleek, Classic, “Pristine” Premier Cru

Gerard Thomas’s premier cru St-Aubin is still a bargain.

Wine writer Rajat Parr describes St. Aubin as the “insider’s white Burgundy.” Wedged in a valley between Chassagne and Puligny, this town produces white Burgundy with hints of Montrachet’s golden richness, but a less stratospheric price tag. St-Aubin has become rarer and pricier like everything else in Burgundy, but it’s still far more affordable than its famous neighbors.

At the western edge of the St. Aubin appellation lies a plot named “Murgers des Dents de Chiens.” Perched just up the hill from Montrachet itself, this St. Aubin 1er cru is a remarkable value. It’s everything that white Burgundy should be – rich, refreshing, complex, and elegant. The 2021 vintage is a return to the traditional Burgundian style, with clean, precise fruit and excellent tension.

Gerard Thomas’s 1er cru St-Aubin is exquisite wine — consistently excellent year in and year out. It’s polished and modern, and drinks like a far fancier bottle. “Murgers” is considered some of the best terroir in the village, and while St-Aubin is hardly the secret it once was, it still provides nearly unparalleled white Burgundy value.

Thomas’s 2021 shows smoke on the nose but not much oak, with a deep, pretty, floral character – it’s sophisticated in a way that calls to mind Puligny. On the palate it’s crackling and savory, with a long and tense finish that’s vibrant and lithe. Jancis found a “lees richness intertwined with the fruit,” with “pristine freshness” and “mouth-watering savor on the finish.”


Thomas St-Aubin 1er cru
“Murgers des Dents de Chien” 2021
bottle price: $52

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